Flashcards in Infectious endocarditis Deck (7)
Infectious endocarditis is usually due to
bacterial infection (staphylococcal infections are leading cause)
What is infectious endocarditis?
-bacterial infection of endocardium & valves causing inflammation
-Causing inflm of endocardium (most internal layer of muscle tissue) & valves
what are the requirements for infectious endocarditis to develop?
-Bacteria must enter & survive in cardiovascular system (through dental/ medical procedure, IV drug users)
-need adherence to surface eg. defective valves, heart surgery, sutures
bacteria colonize in the
Mnfts of infectious endocarditis
-those of local & systemic infection
-impaired valve function, causing impaired heart function
-distal embolization is a potential complication
Diagnosing infectious endocarditis
-C&S of blood & labs (WBC, CRP, blood cultures)